Sydney [Australia]May 24 (ANI): Former New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori has been appointed assistant coach of the Australian men’s team.
Vettori will be joined by Victorian Andre Borovec and the duo will be led by head coach Andrew McDonald.
Australia has a packed schedule for the next 18 months, including trips to Sri Lanka next month and India early next year, along with a 50-over World Cup in India from October 2023.
“I was really impressed with what I saw of the group in Pakistan in the way they approached preparation, planning and playing. It is a very strong and united group that has the potential to be a very rewarding and hopefully successful period,” Cricket. com.au quoted Vettori as saying.
Notably, Vettori and McDonald have previously coached the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore, where the former was the head coach and the latter the assistant.
Borovec and Vettori will begin their roles with the national squad leading into the two-test series of the Qantas Tour of Sri Lanka.
Vettori played 113 Tests and 295 ODIs for New Zealand in an illustrious 18-year international career. He has been given a permanent position after a stint with the team during the white ball of the Pakistan tour.
On the other hand, Borovec’s appointment as a full-time assistant coach is rare, as most coaches who progress to the international level generally have playing experience at least at the national level.
“Andre has been fantastic for the group as he has been involved as a highly skilled and experienced high-performance coach. He is a great cultural fit and brings the skills to complement our high-performance specialists,” said McDonald.
“I have worked with Daniel before and could not speak better of his approach, work ethic and rapport he brings. His experience and balanced style are well documented. He is a great fit and will bring a tremendous amount of knowledge to the team,” he added.
Apart from this, Borovec will also coach Australia A in Sri Lanka ahead of the Test Series along with Australian women’s team assistant coach Ben Sawyer and Sunny Kaliyar. (ANI)